Homicide Defendant Has Mental Health Eval Extended

A 34-year-old homicide defendant’s mental health evaluation extended on June 15 before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Gale E. Rasin

Ronald Alston is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery in connection to an incident on Feb. 18, 2020. 

During court proceedings, Judge Rasin received a report from Circuit Court Medical for the initial competency evaluation that asked the court to sign an order for an extension evaluation by the Developmental Disability Administration. Yesterday, at the meeting, a request was made for a joint evaluation given the prior diagnosis of the defendant indicating a mental disorder in addition to any intellectual disability, said Judge Rasin. 

In addition, Judge Rasin said she was prepared to sign an order for an extended commitment for a joint evaluation at the Behavioral Health Administration and a Developmental Disability Administration. 

Counsel had no arguments. 

Alston was represented by defense attorney Brandon Taylor. 

Alston’s next hearing is scheduled for June 27.